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Prices in Peru Part Two

Machu-Picchu

The daily budget is 30 dollars per person per day. Since there are 2 of us that means $60 a day. We changed in Cusco at 2.96 Nuevos Soles per Dollar. Which gives us a daily budget of 177 Soles per day. We noticed that exchange rates deteriorate during the high season, steadily falling form 3.20 down to 2.85. A classic way to get extra milage out of the tourist deluge every year. Naturally in the off season the Soles loses all it’s previous gains.

The inventory of costs resumes the day before our ascent of Machu Picchu. Apparently if you pronounce it wrong it could mean ‘man with big dick’. Click the link for an account of our day in the inca ruins.

0-07-09 Aguas Calientes

Breakfast = 10

Lunch = 5

Hostal Number One (25 per person)= 50

Shop = 7

Dinner = 21

Shop = 8

Shop = 2.30

Total = 103.3 (73.7 under budget)

21-07-09 Cusco

After spending the day climbing Machu Picchu we took a train back to Ollantaytambo and then a minibus back to Cusco. We had left extra baggage at the Loki Hostel. It was perfect timing that they were over booked. We had an irritating hour walking round the city at night with our packs looking for a place to kip for the night.

Late lunch in Aguas Calientes after trekking = 60
(This shows what a rip-off Aguas Calientes is.)

Minibus from Ollantaytambo to Cusco (10 per person) = 20

Inti Paqarina Hotel in Cusco (25 per person) = 50

Water = 5

Total = 135 (42 under budget)

22-07-09 On bus between Cusco and Nazca

Bus from Cusco to Nazca (80 per person) = 160

Breakfast = 7

Taxi = 3

Postcards and stamps = 15

Shop = 27

Nuts and raisins = 2

Internet = 1

Internet = 4

Taxi = 3

Throat lozenges = 3.5

Lunch = 16.5

Toilet for 2 = 1

Total = 243 (66 over budget)

23-07-09 Nazca, eventually

We should have arrived at Nazca some time in the morning. Instead we got there at 11pm. The bus was held up in the early hours of the morning by a local strike. A very popular activity in Peru. In our case it meant rolling large rocks onto the main road through Puquio and recruiting 100 or so locals to surround the rocks to prevent the pissed off passengers moving the rocks. This standstill went on until 6.30pm when the police finally persuaded the protestors to disperse. During the long wait I managed to get the shits and the vomits simultaneously. All in all, a tough day.

Rice and potaotoes = 3

Tea = 1

Spaghetti = 2

Water = 1

Water = 1

Food = 2.5

Walk On By Hostel (15 per person) = 30

Total = 40.5 (136.5 under budget)

24-07-09 Nazca

Walk on Inn = 40

Breakfast = 12

Shop = 3

Japanese book = 2

Shop = 13.5

Lunch = 10

Shop = 2.50

Total = 83 (94 under budget)

25-07-09 Nazca

Walk on Inn = 15
We had to share a bed because they were over-booked.

Flight over Nazca lines ($55 per person) = $110 (325.6 Soles)
We asked in town and at our hostel. Walk On Inn were $5 cheaper. However, you can easily get to the airport and buy your ticket directly; which must be cheaper. The flight was a 30 minutes stomach churning rollercoaster where amazement and nausea co-mingled.

Airport tax (20 per person) = 40

Tip to pilot = 10

Lunch = 10

Dinner = 12

Beer = 4.50

Total = 417.1 (240.1 over budget)

26-07-09 Huacachina

Breakfast = 12

Bus from Nazca to Ica (11 per person) = 22

Tip = 1

Taxi from Ica to Huacachina (shared with American couple) = 2.50

Hospedaje Del Barco (20 per person) = 40

Lunch = 12

Wine = 20

Water = 3

Dinner = 10

Huacachina is an small oasis near Ica. It’s on the back of the 50 Soles note. Very picturesque but completely overrun with commercialism which mostly comprised of backpackers sand boarding and getting pissed around the hostel pool. One night was enough. Click here for more pictures and comment about Huacachina.

Total = 122.5 (54.5 under budget)

27-07-09 Lima

Taxi from Huacachina to Ica = 5

Bus from Ica to to Pisco (4 per person) = 8

Taxi to Pisco = 7

Taxi out of Pisco back to bus stop = 10

Pisco was badly hit a few years ago by an earthquake. Since then Pisco has remained looking like a building site or war ravaged urban centre. The hotel was too expensive so we decided to skip the Paracas and made straight for Lima.

Bus from Pisco to Lima (15 per person) = 30

Coke on bus = 2

Shop = 30

Shop = 13.45

Taxi from Suyoz bus stop to Miraflores in Lima = 15

Flying Dog Backpackers in Miraflores, Lima ($10 per person) = 60

Karaoke bar = 30

Total = 210.45 (33.45 over budget)

28-07-09 Lima

Fags = 16

Rip off gear = 112
I got conned. The guy put a tightly wrapped package in my hand that looked like gear and then a real bud in the palm of my hand. Last time I fell for this trick was in London in the 1990s.

Flying Dog Backpackers = 30
Waka got bitten by bedbugs the previous night and had to spend the night on a sofa in the lounge. After complaining they let us off the price of 1 bed for the next night.

Shop = 9

Shop = 24

Taxi = 6

Taxi = 20

Volleyball ticket = 20

My Peruvian-Japanese friend who is currently studying in Lima took me to an international volleyball competition. It featured the female national teams of Peru, Chile, Cuba and Trinidad and Tobago. Peru won their match. Also the crowd got to watch Chile being whipped so everyone was happy.

Drinks = 6

Shop = 13

Total = 256 (79 over budget)

Totals

Total Spent = 3,992.8 Argentine Pesos ($1,079) and Bolivia $1,016 and 1,566.7 Soles ($530) and 1,610.85 ($544)

Total = $3,169

Total Budget = $3,660

Difference = $491 to the good

Despite having the big expenses of Machu Picchu and a fly over the Nazca lines we remain below budget. It´s about 2 months since we started in Beunos Aires. So we are about on schedule.